oil on archival panel
© Anita C. Miller
I used Gamblin’s Portland greys (light, medium and dark) and Chromatic Black. The Ampersand gesso board is sometimes lightly brushed with Gamsol solvent before starting the painting. I’m using fine sable hair brushes (and sometimes my fingers) for these little paintings.
This little monochrome painting from yesterday is based on an Oahu hike my husband and I took this past winter. I’ve included the reference photo this time and the link to my previous post on this hike where you can see the summit views.
I could have kept working on the painting, but decided I liked the ambiguity and stopped. No clear view of the trail ahead.
oil on archival panel
© Anita C. Miller 2012
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Things are moving at a turtle’s pace in the studio this past week. I am wiping off paint after spending many hours putting it on, and that is not a good thing…So I thought I would share this last bunch of photos from Oahu (I promise it’s the last).
Hope you enjoy them. Click on them to see very large.
The aquarium just south of Waikiki is one of the best I’ve ever seen. The fish are amazing and the tanks are beautifully designed.
Hanauma Bay is THE place to go snorkeling. I now wish I had looked into getting a prescription lens for snorkeling (I am very near sighted) so I didn’t go in.
My husband had a great time and was able to get inches away from the fish. The great thing about this place is that they severely limit the number of people here. The parking lot fills up early and then they turn people away.
(click on photos to see large)
This beautiful creature inspired my most recent painting. We got to see him up close
before an area was roped off to keep people away.
Dear fellow bloggers, I will be taking the rest of the year off from blogging. See you in 2013! I wish everyone a very happy holiday season.
Whenever I finish a painting, I often play around with it to get ideas for new paintings.
I take pictures of it, upload them on my Mac and fool around in iPhoto.
I crop, flip and change color and contrast, etc. So below are some “sketches”
for possible future paintings all based on “Fall Woods” above.
All images © Anita C. Miller
Thank you K and E for purchasing my painting “Turning” today!
This version was painted over and ended up as the following (which I think I also painted over).
I will use them as studies for a larger piece, perhaps.
There are muskrats beneath these waters. I’ve seen them, but they are elusive creatures!
9″ x 12″ oil study
a pair of Sandhill cranes at Volo Bog (not far from Chicago).
Sailing Close to Shore
sometimes I don’t feel like using color
used — Gamblin Portland Grey (light, medium and dark) and Chromatic Black
White herons fly among old oaks.
Wetland area where I like to hike. I combined palette knife strokes with some brushwork.